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23rd Annual Session of the International Seabed Authority

8-18 August 2017 | Headquarters of the International Seabed Authority, Kingston, Jamaica

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ISA regional coordinators in informal consultations




On Friday, 18 August, the Assembly met throughout the day to consider a revised draft decision on the first periodic review of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). Following consultations with capitals, delegates supported a revised schedule of meetings of the ISA organs and subsidiary bodies. Regional consultations were then held throughout the day on a reference to a joint proposal by the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) and the African Group on future elections of the members of the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC). Eventually, delegates agreed to “taking into account that the Council will finally consider” the joint proposal prior to the next LTC election, and adopted the decision on the first periodic review. Review Committee Chair Helmut Tuerk (Austria) stated that the decision faithfully reflects the Review Committee’s recommendations and is “a great step forward in ISA’s history.”

Assembly President Muianga gaveled the meeting to a close at 3.50 pm.

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L-R: Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General; Eugénio João Muianga, Mozambique, Assembly President; Chris Brown, ISA Secretariat; and Helmut Tuerk, Austria, Review Committee Chair


Md. Humayun Kabir, Bangladesh, speaking on behalf of the Asia-Pacific Group


Carlos Alberto Michaelsen den Hartog, Brazil, speaking on behalf of GRULAC

Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria, on behalf of the African Group


Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General

Eugénio João Muianga, Mozambique, Assembly President


Jean-Michel Despax, France

Sheila Sealy Monteith, Jamaica

Ariel Fernández, Argentina


Maruthadu Sudhakar, India

Shinichi Yamanaka, Japan

Kristian Jervell, Norway


Delegates from the Asia-Pacific Group consulting


Delegates from the African Group consulting with Eugénio João Muianga, Mozambique, Assembly President


Helmut Tuerk, Austria, Review Committee Chair

Eugénio João Muianga, Mozambique, Assembly President, gaveled the meeting to a close at 3:50 pm


Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General, congratulates Eugénio João Muianga, Mozambique, Assembly President


Highlights for Thursday, 17 August 2017

On Thursday, 17 August, the Assembly of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) considered a draft decision on the final report of the first periodic review of the ISA, and a further revised meeting schedule; adopted decisions on financial and budgetary matters and on revised staff regulations; and discussed other matters, such as the election of Morocco to the Council and the proposal to create a museum at the ISA.

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Carlos Alberto Michaelsen den Hartog, Brazil, consulting with Helmut Tuerk, Austria, Review Committee Chair


Ye Mìnn Thein, Myanmar, Credentials Committee Chair

Andrzej Przybycin, Poland, Finance Committee Chair


Sheila Sealy Monteith, Jamaica

Catherine Nyakoe, Kenya


Cecilia Jaber, Mexico

Ana Marie Hernando, the Philippines


ISA conference services staff


Highlights for Wednesday, 16 August 2017

On Wednesday, 16 August, the Assembly of the International Seabed Authority met throughout the day to hear further statements on the Secretary-General’s annual report, and consider the final report of the first periodic review of the ISA, focusing on: a revised meeting schedule, a strategic plan for the ISA, environmental issues, and data management.

In the evening, the Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority hosted a reception.

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Flags of ISA member states


Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Jamaica

Eugénio João Muianga, Mozambique, Assembly President


View of the ISA Assembly in session


L-R: Eduardo Bonilla and Sergio Hernàndez Núñez, Chile


Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Jamaica


Manuel Ferrão, Mozambique

Kristian Jervell, Norway


Jerome Dyment, InterRidge

Julia Xue, Center for Polar and Deep Ocean Development

Matthew Gianni, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition


Highlights for Tuesday, 15 August 2017

On Tuesday, 15 August, the Assembly of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) addressed outstanding administrative matters and considered the annual report of the ISA Secretary General, focusing on: the draft exploitation regulations, cooperation of the ISA with other international bodies, financial issues, capacity building, legal and administrative matters, and transparency.

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A view of the ISA Assembly in session


Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria, on behalf of the African Group

Khurshed Alam, Bangladesh

Kenneth Wong, Canada


Tope Elias-Fatile, Nigeria

Graham Leung, Nauru

Qingbao Niu, China


Tevita Suka Mangisi, Tonga

John Fintakpa Lamega, Togo

Mohammed Atlassi, Morocco


Delegates from Singapore


Highlights for Monday, 14 August 2017

On Monday, 14 August, the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) exchanged preliminary views on the draft exploitation regulations that had been submitted by the Secretariat to the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC), and considered draft decisions on: the summary report of the LTC Chair, including a submission from the Netherlands on a tentative approval process of environmentally responsible mining technologies; and future elections of LTC members.

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L-R: Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera, Legal Counsel and Deputy to the Secretary-General; Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General; Christine Griffiths, ISA Secretariat; Ariel Fernández, Argentina, Council President for the 23rd Session; and Gwénaëlle Le Gurun, ISA Secretariat


Ariel Fernández, Argentina, Council President for the
23rd Session

Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General


Tevita Suka Mangisi, Tonga

Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria, on behalf of the African Group


Eduardo Bonilla, Chile

René Lefeber, the Netherlands


Karen Tan, Singapore

Kristina Gjerde, IUCN


L-R: Duncan Currie, Greenpeace; Matthew Gianni, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition; and Simon Walmsley, WWF


Highlights for Friday, 11 August 2017

On Friday, 11 August, in the morning the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) addressed the report of the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC), focusing on: contractors’ training programmes and annual reports, including questions on contractors’ non-compliance; the draft exploitation regulations, including questions on stakeholder inputs and a roadmap for the delivery of the regulations; the review of recommendations for the guidance of contractors’ environmental impacts assessments (EIAs), and the review of the implementation of the environmental management plan (EMP) for the Clarion-Clipperton Zone and the development of EMPs in other zones, including questions on Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); implementation of the data management strategy; and matters referred to the Commission by the Council. In the afternoon, the Council considered draft decisions on financial and budgetary matters, and on future elections of LTC members.

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Participants picking up the latest session documents


L-R: Christian Reichert, Germany, LTC Chair; Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera, Legal Counsel and Deputy to the Secretary-General; and Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General


Kenneth Wong, Canada

Frida Armas-Pfirter, Argentina

Maruthadu Sudhakar, India


Arne Küper, Germany

Cecilia Jaber, Mexico

Takuya Maeba, Japan



L-R: Christian Reichert, Germany, LTC Chair and Yongsheng Cai, ISA Secretariat


Highlights for Thursday, 10 August 2017

On Thursday, 10 August, the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) met throughout the day to address: Poland’s application for approval of a work plan for polymetallic sulphides exploration; India’s application for extending the contract for polymetallic nodules exploration; proposed amendments to the ISA staff regulations; the report of the Finance Committee; and a mechanism for future elections of the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC) members.

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View of the Jamaica Conference Centre, venue to the 23rd Annual Session of the ISA


Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera, Legal Counsel and Deputy to the Secretary-General

Ariel Fernández, Argentina, Council President for the 23rd Session


Christian Reichert, Germany, Legal and Technical Commission Chair

Mariusz Orion Jędrysek, Poland


Jamaican delegates examine mineral samples from Poland


Mineral samples from Poland donated to the ISA museum


Highlights for Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Following a morning meeting of the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC), the Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) convened on Wednesday afternoon to address: the status of exploration contracts and related matters; the status of laws, regulations and administrative measures adopted by sponsoring states and other ISA members with respect to activities in the Area; the implementation of the decision of the Council in 2016 relating to the summary report of the LTC Chair, including on the development of draft regulations on exploitation, data management, and environmental management plans; and a mechanism for the future elections of LTC members.

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The ISA Council in session


L-R: Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera, Legal Counsel and Deputy to the Secretary-General; Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General; Ariel Fernández, Argentina, Council President for the 23rd Session; Christine Griffiths, ISA Secretariat; and Gwénaëlle Le Gurun, ISA Secretariat


Karen Tan, Singapore


Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General (right), in a conversation with Megan Jungwiwattanaporn, Guinnevere Roberts and Conn Nugent, The Pew Charitable Trusts


Highlights for Tuesday, 8 August 2017

On Tuesday morning, the Assembly and Council of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) held their opening plenaries back to back, addressing their respective administrative matters. The Assembly also considered requests for observer status. The Legal and Technical Commission resumed its work in the afternoon.

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L-R: Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera, Legal Counsel and Deputy to the Secretary-General; Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General; Christine Griffiths, ISA Secretariat; Khurshed Alam, Assembly President for the 22nd Session; and Chris Brown, ISA Secretariat


Assembly delegates observing a moment of silence


Khurshed Alam, Assembly President for the 22nd Session

Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General


Khurshed Alam, outgoing Assembly President congratulates Eugénio João Muianga, incoming Assembly President


Michael Lodge, ISA Secretary-General, welcoming delegates from Tonga


L-R: Thembile Joyini, South Africa; Duncan Currie, Greenpeace; and Mehdi Remaoun, Algeria







Specific funding for coverage of the 23rd Annual Session of the International Seabed Authority
has been provided by the International Seabed Authority
International Seabed Authority

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